Fletcher Cox has secured the highest guarantee for a non-quarterback post in the NFL. Cox has signed a six-year extension with the Philadelphia Eagles that is worth $103 million in total. He has been signed with the Eagles until 2022.
In what would be the biggest guarantee for a non-quarterback post in the NFL when Cox will have $63 million guaranteed, as sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Cox has not joined the team for offseason activities while the deal was being worked out by him and his agent, sources have disclosed.
With his guarantee, he has it better than either Marcell Dareus with the Buffalo Bills and Ndamukong Suh of the Miami Dolphins, according to Yahoo Sports. The two were able to get $60 million in guaranteed money from their respective teams, and until Cox was the highest any defensive lineman could get in terms of guaranteed money.
With this deal, it is said to have become the benchmark for future deals for defensive linemen. Defensive players can use it then as a starting point in getting deals, although it is still not likely that many would go for that much-guaranteed money in their contracts.
Before the deal, Cox would have become an unrestricted free agent if the Eagles didn’t get him, as pointed out by CSN Philly. Cox has yet to formally sign the deal and it is expected to happen later in the week. Head coach Doug Pederson would not be available for comment until the contract has been signed.
This is also the biggest guaranteed money that the Eagles has given to any player. Previously the biggest was at $35 million for Lane Johnson this offseason. With that much Cox is expected to perform even better as a defensive tackle. He already had 22 sacks for the Eagles, the sixth highest in team history. Aside from that he also had 162 tackles and nine pass knockdown as well as six fumble recoveries.
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